June 22, 2009

Communities warn militants to steer clear

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—THE people of Kokodiagbene community in Gbaramatu kingdom of Delta State have warned any person or group of persons who intend to infiltrate into the community to destroy or vandalize pipelines, wellheads and oil installations to desist with immediate effect.

The community in a letter, jointly signed by the chairman and general secretary of its executive council, Keme Ari and Comrade Sheriff Mulade, gave the warning in a press statement at the weekend.

“It is imperative to state categorically that, Kokodiagbene Community will not be reluctant or hesitate to do whatsoever is necessary to constructively engage itself to protect and secure its territory,

“Kokodiagbene which is the mother host community to Jones Creek flow station, the largest oil producing field in West Africa operated by SPDC and Otunana flow station operated by Chevron Texaco will not accommodate any ugly menace in its domain”, they stated.

They also called on the Federal and state governments to  open the waterways, demilitarize the kingdom and resettle the displaced children, women and the burnt communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom to achieve the desired peace for the sake of our collapsing economy.

According to them, “Kokodiagbene is one of the most peaceful Communities in Warri South West Local Government of the state which has won the most prestigious “Community Peaceful Award” from Chevron- Texaco and several recommendations from corporate bodies, etc. for adopting a legitimate and legal means in championing its demands and issues peacefully.

“It is one of the most law abiding communities which do not support, harbour, aid and abet any criminal, illegal activities and other vices, we are also a community that has been governed by its own constitution against crime and injustice in the community”, they added.